Customizing Win7 to be more like OSX

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by phaedarus, Feb 16, 2010.

  1. phaedarus macrumors regular

    Dec 27, 2008
    Having just installed a fresh copy of Win7 (again) and getting a real good look at it, I find the file management to be utterly appalling compared to OSX.

    The control panel is a big mess with everything ordered hapazardly (why couldn't MS borrow from Apple's system preferences??).

    The Explorer is a joke. I want my directory hierarchies to expand in columnar format like it does in the finder. Also, when I drag files from one explorer window to another explorer window, the target explorer window should get the primary focus when I hover over it but it doesn't. I have to actually alt-tab my way to do that (in the non-sensical way Win7 does it).

    Start Menu and task bar just doesn't compare to the dock.

    Does anyone know of any enhancements to Win7 that can mimmick the behavior of OSX's finder, add a dock and any other important refinements to this rather bloated and badly designed OS?
  2. MWPULSE macrumors 6502a


    Dec 27, 2008
    I remember maaaany moons ago that there was a dock application, for XP. It was a bit of a botch job though often led to memory leaks. Google toolbar/ or the win 7 widgets are supposedly a good dashboard replacement.

    The other stuff you were after im not too sure, but then again i havent used windows intensely in over 4 years. I'd suggest getting about 10 tabs up in explorer and google some ideas around with specific problems :)

  3. IntelliUser macrumors 6502

    Nov 1, 2009
    Why does it matter?
    Don't put lipstick to a pig, it'll just make it look worse.
  4. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    Personally, I find the new task bar to be superior to the Mac OS X Dock, but I tend to miss expose too much while in Windows. If you pin more apps to your task bar, maybe it'll feel more like home?

    I'm sure there's a replacement file manager that is more finder-like.

  5. amon91 macrumors newbie

    Feb 15, 2010
    You can get ObjectDock which somewhat resembles the OSX dock, but there's no effective way to make Windows act like OSX. They're different OSes after all.

    Also modifying the OS too much can make it slow and unstable. If you want Windows to work exactly like OSX, just use OSX. :)

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